Pakistan beat New Zealand by 102 runs on Friday in Karachi to take a 4-0 lead in the ongoing five-match One-Day International (ODI) series.

After defeating the Kiwis in the fourth ODI, Pakistan have now climbed to the number one spot in the ODI team rankings for the first time since ICC officially recognised the rankings in January 2005. Pakistan has now risen above its previous best of January 2007 when the squad reached the number three spot.

Pakistan were fifth on the ODI rankings before the series against New Zealand started, with a rating of 106 points.



However, to remain on top, Pakistan will have to ensure a clean sweep, winning the fifth and final ODI on Sunday, 7 May. A loss in the final ODI will see them slipping back to No.3 and Australia reclaiming their No.1 ranking.

Pakistan will also remain on top if they win the fourth ODI and the fifth match is abandoned or yields a no-result.